2019 New Student Convocation

2019 New Student Convocation


>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WE ARE VERY PROUD
TO PRESENT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON WIND ENSEMBLE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF PROFESSOR
TIMOTHY SALZMAN. [MUSIC] [MUSIC]>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON’S
ANNUAL CONVOCATION. THE CONVOCATION WILL BEGIN WITH THE PROCESSION OF THE FACULTY, DEANS, PRESIDENT, REGENTS, ADMINISTRATIVE
LEADERSHIP, AND HONORED GUESTS. [MUSIC] [APPLAUSE]>>WE’D LIKE TO BEGIN THIS CEREMONY BY ACKNOWLEDGING
THE LAND ON WHICH THE UNIVERSITY RESTS, THE LAND OF THE COAST SALISH PEOPLES, WHICH TOUCHES
THE SHARED WATERS OF ALL TRIBES AND BANDS WITHIN THE SUQUAMISH, TULALIP AND MUCKLESHOOT
NATIONS. TODAY, WE CELEBRATE TOGETHER. THE 2019 UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON NEW STUDENT
CONVOCATION WILL BE OPENED WITH THE SINGING OF THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER BY TINA TRAN. TINA IS AN INCOMING MASTER’S STUDENT IN VOCAL
PERFORMANCE. SHE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE UNIVERSITY
WIND ENSEMBLE, CONDUCTED BY PROFESSOR TIMOTHY SALZMAN OF THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC. WE INVITE THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE ABLE TO PLEASE RISE. [MUSIC]>>OH, SAY CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWN’S EARLY
LIGHT WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING; WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT
STARS, THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT, O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING? AND THE ROCKET’S RED GLARE, THE BOMBS BURSTING
IN AIR, GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE: OH, SAY DOES THAT
STAR-SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE? [APPLAUSE]>>PLEASE BE SEATED. GOOD MORNING! MY FELLOW STUDENTS I AM JOSEPH JANES,
THE UNIVERSITY MARSHAL. THE REST OF THE YEAR I AM AN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN THE INFORMATION
SCHOOL, BUT AS UNIVERSITY MARSHAL, I HAVE THE HONOR AND PRIVILEGE OF OFFERING YOU OUR
FIRST WORDS OF OFFICIAL GREETING. IT ALSO MEANS I AM YOUR FIRST PROFESSOR. AND IF YOU WERE IN MY CLASS ON THURSDAY MORNING
I COULD BE YOUR SECOND PROFESSOR. SO I GET TO GIVE YOU YOUR FIRST LESSON. HOW MANY OF US ARE FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE
STUDENTS? [APPLAUSE] I AM TOO, AND ONCE I SAT WHERE YOU SIT, IN A
DIFFERENT PLACE AND TIME AT A CONVOCATION ON MY FIRST DAY, AND MY STRONGEST MEMORY OF
THAT DAY WAS ALL OF THIS, THE SYMBOLS AND SIGNS YOU SEE ALL AROUND US. LOOK AROUND UP THERE AND YOU’LL SEE BANNERS
REPRESENTING EACH OF THE UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES, ARRANGED IN HISTORICAL ORDER,
BEGINNING WITH THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES AND ENDING WITH THE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH. THEY ARE CALLED GONFALONS, A WORD THAT COMES
TO US FROM 12th CENTURY FLORENCE, ITALY, WHERE EACH DISTRICT HAD ITS OWN UNIQUE BANNER, OR
GONFALON. ON YOUR COMMENCEMENT DAY, SOME OF YOU WILL
CARRY THE GONFALON FOR YOUR SCHOOL OR COLLEGE AND THE REST OF YOU WILL MARCH IN BEHIND THEM. ON THAT DAY, YOU’LL ALSO SEE THESE FOUR IONIC
COLUMNS. THEY ARE REPLICAS OF THE COLUMNS THAT GRACED
THE FACADE OF THE UNIVERSITY’S FIRST BUILDING, THE TERRITORIAL UNIVERSITY THAT OPENED OVER
150 YEARS AGO, IN 1861, IN WHAT IS NOW DOWNTOWN SEATTLE. AT THAT TIME WASHINGTON WAS NOT YET A STATE
AND SEATTLE WAS A VILLAGE OF FEWER THAN 200 PEOPLE. THE COLUMNS BEAR WITNESS TO THE FORESIGHT
OF THE CITIZENS OF TERRITORIAL WASHINGTON. THEY WILL BE PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED ON THE
COMMENCEMENT STAGE IN HUSKY STADIUM WHEN YOU GRADUATE. THE COLUMNS AND BANNERS ARE CHERISHED PARTS
OF OUR UNIVERSITY TRADITIONS. BUT, IT’S NOT JUST THIS UNIVERSITY’S LIFE
AND TRADITIONS YOU ARE JOINING. YOU ARE ENTERING INTO THE LIFE AND TRADITIONS
OF AN ANCIENT AND CONTINUOUS BODY OF LEARNING THAT GOES BACK CENTURIES. THAT CONNECTION IS SYMBOLIZED IN THE MEDIEVAL
CAPS AND GOWNS WE WEAR ON THESE OCCASIONS, THE PRESIDENT’S MEDALLION, AND, OF COURSE,
BY THE SPECIAL RITUAL OBJECT THE UNIVERSITY MARSHAL CARRIES IN OUR CEREMONIES, THE MACE. THE MACE IS AN ANCIENT SYMBOL OF AUTHORITY
THAT REMINDS US THAT UNIVERSITIES ARE CUSTODIANS BOTH OF ENDURING TRADITIONS OF LEARNING AND
OF THE POWER THEY BESTOW ON THOSE WHO COME TO LEARN. THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON MACE IS TOPPED
BY A GRACEFUL RENDITION OF DRUMHELLER FOUNTAIN AND EMBELLISHED WITH FINELY WROUGHT METAL
SCULPTURES OF THE UNIVERSITY SEAL, THE TERRITORIAL UNIVERSITY, AND DENNY HALL. DENNY HALL WAS BUILT IN 1895, WHEN THE CAMPUS
MOVED FROM DOWNTOWN SEATTLE. IT HOUSES A 400-POUND BELL THAT WAS RUNG AT
THE TERRITORIAL UNIVERSITY DOWNTOWN TO SIGNAL THE START OF CLASSES AND TO MARK HISTORIC
OCCASIONS, SUCH AS THE ASSASSINATION OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. TODAY IT IS RUNG FOR HOMECOMING. THE UNIVERSITY POSSESSES ANOTHER SET OF BELLS
THAT YOU MAY HAVE HEARD WALKING ON CAMPUS THIS MORNING. THEY ARE KNOWN AS CHANGE RINGING BELLS. THE EIGHT BELLS, THE HEAVIEST OF WHICH IS
ALMOST 700LBS, ARE RUNG BY HAND IN THE CHANGE-RINGING STYLE, WHICH ORIGINATED IN 17th CENTURY ENGLAND. THE BELLS ARE HOUSED IN GERBERDING HALL. THE MACE AND MEDALLION AND ALL OF THESE RITUAL
ELEMENTS AND TRADITIONS ARE SYMBOLIC REMINDERS THAT UNITE WHERE WE ARE NOW WITH WHAT HAS
BROUGHT US HERE, SO THAT WE CAN GET A GOOD FIX ON WHERE WE ARE GOING. THIS BRINGS ME TO THE NATURE OF THIS EVENT
ITSELF. OUR PREVIOUS UNIVERSITY MARSHAL, PHILOSOPHY
PROFESSOR RON MOORE, USED TO SAY THAT ONE FUNCTION OF RITUAL OCCASIONS SUCH AS THIS
ONE IS TO PAUSE AND REFLECT ON WHERE WE ARE NOW, WHAT HAS GONE BEFORE, AND WHERE WE ARE
GOING. AT THIS MOMENT YOU ARE ENDING ONE STAGE OF YOUR LIVES AND YOU ARE STARTING ANOTHER. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU STOP AND MARK THE
SIGNIFICANCE OF WHAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED UP TO THIS POINT. AT A CEREMONY WE BOTH ACKNOWLEDGE THE PAST
AND THEN SET OUT OUR GOALS FOR THE FUTURE. YOU–STUDENTS AND YOUR PARENTS AND RELATIVES–ARE
NOW MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON FAMILY, SO WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. LIKE FAMILIES EVERYWHERE, WE WILL HELP EACH
OTHER, SUPPORT EACH OTHER, OCCASIONALLY DISAGREE AND EVEN FIGHT NOW AND THEN, BUT ULTIMATELY
COME TOGETHER IN OUR DEVOTION TO THE PROJECT OF CREATING A BETTER WORLD AND FUTURE. I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I ENVY THE OPPORTUNITY
AND ADVENTURE THAT LIES BEFORE YOU AND I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE ALL THE MARVELS YOU PRODUCE. AND WHEN IT REALLY MATTERS, ASK A LIBRARIAN. YOU’RE WELCOME. I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST. [APPLAUSE] IT IS NOW MY GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE TO
YOU THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, ANA MARI CAUCE. [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, PROFESSOR JANES. I HAVE THE GREAT HONOR OF BEING THE SECOND PROFESSOR TO ADDRESS YOU. IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO OFFICIALLY WELCOME YOU
TO THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON! [APPLAUSE] I WISH YOU COULD SEE HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU LOOK
IN PURPLE. BEFORE I CONTINUE I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT
THE SPLENDID MUSIC YOU HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THIS MORNING IS BEING PROVIDED FOR US BY
STUDENTS FROM THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC’S WIND ENSEMBLE, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF PROFESSOR TIMOTHY SALZMAN. AS YOU CAN TELL THEY ARE GIFTED MUSICIANS
AND WE GREATLY APPRECIATE THEIR PARTICIPATION HERE TODAY. THANK YOU! [APPLAUSE] I’D ALSO LIKE TO INTRODUCE OUR STAGE PARTY
TODAY, BEGINNING WITH OUR REGENTS. THE UNIVERSITY’S BOARD OF REGENTS CONSISTS
OF TEN CITIZENS OF THE STATE WHO ARE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR AND CONFIRMED BY THE STATE
SENATE. THESE DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN DEVOTE MANY
HOURS EACH YEAR TO THE WELFARE OF THE UNIVERSITY. FOUR OF OUR REGENTS ARE WITH US THIS MORNING,
AND I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE THEM AT THIS TIME. PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL ALL ARE INTRODUCED. REGENT JOEL BENOLIEL, THE CHAIR OF THE BOARD. REGENT ROGELIO RIOJAS, VICE CHAIR. REGENT LIBBY MacPHEE. REGENT CONSTANCE RICE. REGENT DANIELA SUAREZ, THE STUDENT MEMBER
OF THE BOARD. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY
OF WASHINGTON. [APPLAUSE] ALSO SEATED WITH US ON THE PLATFORM
ARE THE DEANS OF THE UNIVERSITY’S SIXTEEN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES, THE SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE
LEADERSHIP OF THE UNIVERSITY, FACULTY MEMBERS, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE STUDENT BODY,
THE FACULTY SENATE, AND THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. WOULD ALL OF YOU PLEASE STAND AND ALLOW US
TO THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US. [APPLAUSE] I AM SO PLEASED TO SAY, “WELCOME, NEW HUSKIES!” [APPLAUSE] OF COURSE, I’M TALKING TO YOU, OUR NEW STUDENTS – WHETHER YOU’RE BEGINNING YOUR COLLEGE CAREER AS A FIRST YEAR STUDENT OR CONTINUING IT AS A TRANSFER OR GRADUATE STUDENT. BUT I’M ALSO TALKING TO ALL OF YOU, THE MOMS
AND DADS, SIBLINGS AND GRANDPARENTS AND GUARDIANS, AND EVERYONE WHO CAME HERE TODAY IN SUPPORT
OF YOUR STUDENT. WE ARE PROUD TO CALL YOU ALL HUSKIES AND TO
WELCOME YOU INTO – OR BACK TO – OUR CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY. YOU ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF TODAY, AS WELL. [APPLAUSE] STUDENTS, I KNOW CONVOCATION DAY CAN BE OVERWHELMING. YOU’RE IN THE MIDST OF A MAJOR TRANSITION. YOU MAY STILL BE LEARNING THE ROUTE BETWEEN
YOUR RESIDENCE HALL AND THE CLOSEST STARBUCKS, AND HERE YOU ARE, CRISSCROSSING THE CAMPUS
FOR A CEREMONY AND A PICNIC AND A PHOTOGRAPH IN HUSKY STADIUM! IT’S A LOT TO TAKE IN! SO, FOR JUST MOMENT, LET’S ALL CLOSE OUR EYES-
YOU TOO MOMS AND DADS- TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND LET IT OUT. YOU’RE GOING TO BE FINE. ACTUALLY, YOU’LL BE BETTER THAN FINE, BECAUSE
YOU’RE GOING TO LEARN SO MUCH ABOUT THE WORLD, AND YOURSELVES ON THIS JOURNEY YOU’RE BEGINNING. EACH OF YOU IS ABOUT EMBARK ON WHAT WE CALL
THE HUSKY EXPERIENCE. YOUR HUSKY EXPERIENCE WILL BE UNLIKE ANYONE
ELSE’S. IT WILL BE UNIQUE TO YOU – IT WILL TAKE
SHAPE IN CLASSROOMS, LABORATORIES, LIBRARIES AND RESIDENCE HALLS. IT MIGHT GROW TO INCLUDE A RUN FOR OFFICE
IN THE ASUW, OR MEMBERSHIP IN A REGISTERED STUDENT ORGANIZATION. IT MIGHT MAKE YOU INTO A RESEARCHER OR SEND
YOU ON A STUDY ABROAD TRIP. IT WILL INCLUDE FRIENDSHIPS AND MENTORING. IT WILL ALSO CONTAIN DISAPPOINTMENTS, BUT
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THOSE DISAPPOINTMENTS WILL END UP BEING AS VALUABLE AS THE MOMENTS OF
TRIUMPH. AND YOU WILL HAVE PLENTY OF THOSE. BEHIND ME ARE SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST TALENTED,
INSPIRING FACULTY – PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT ONLY PASSIONATE ABOUT THEIR FIELDS OF STUDY, BUT
EAGER TO SHARE THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND ENTHUSIASM WITH YOU. AND THESE FOLKS, BY THE WAY, ARE
JUST A FRACTION OF THE TALENTED EDUCATORS WHO MAKE UP THE UW FACULTY. YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO EXPERIENCING THIS
FOR YOURSELF AS YOU GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSORS, LECTURERS AND TEACHING ASSISTANTS. YOU’RE GOING TO LEARN A LOT FROM YOUR FACULTY,
BUT YOU’RE GOING TO LEARN JUST AS MUCH FROM THE PEOPLE SITTING ALL AROUND YOU, AND FROM
YOUR FELLOW HUSKIES WHO SAT WHERE YOU’RE SITTING IN YEARS PAST. LIKE YOU, THEY WEREN’T SURE WHAT TO MAJOR
IN, OR HOW TO GET TO THE NEAREST STARBUCKS. BUT THEY FIGURED IT OUT. TOGETHER, YOU WILL TOO. EACH OF YOU BRINGS A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE TO
THE UW AND PART OF WHAT MAKES THE UW GREAT IS THE SHARING OF THOSE PERSPECTIVES. THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THINGS THROUGH A LENS
YOU NEVER CONSIDERED BEFORE IS AMONG THE MOST VALUABLE THINGS YOU CAN DO AS YOU PREPARE
TO ENTER THE WIDER WORLD. I HOPE YOU WILL TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE
FACT THAT YOU COME FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, FROM DIFFERENT KINDS OF FAMILIES, WITH YOUR
OWN TRADITIONS AND EXPERIENCES. AND WHEN YOU SHARE WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOU
WITH SOMEONE ELSE AND THEY SHARE WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THEM, SOMETHING BLOSSOMS AND YOUR WORLD
EXPANDS. AND FINALLY, THE VERY BEST ADVICE I CAN GIVE
YOU IS TO BE OPEN TO THE SPARK OF CURIOSITY, AND TO LET THAT SPARK BLOOM INTO A FIRE THAT
LIGHTS UP YOUR WHOLE LIFE. I EXPERIENCED THAT SPARK WHEN I WAS UNDERGRADUATE
MYSELF. I CAME IN THINKING I WOULD BE A JOURNALISM
MAJOR I DISCOVERED A PASSION FOR BUTPSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH AND THAT SPARK LED TO A CAREER THAT
HAS BROUGHT ME JOY AND SATISFACTION THEN I COULD EVER HAVE IMAGINED WHEN I WAS SITTING
WHERE YOU ARE TODAY. THAT SPARK BROUGHT ME ALL THE WAY FROM MIAMI,
WHERE I GREW UP, TO SEATTLE, A HOME I HAVE MADE FOR MYSELF OVER THE PAST 33 YEARS.THAT
SPARK WAS THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING THAT HAS ALLOWED ME TO MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE
IN THE WORLD. YOU HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY NOW TO FIND THAT
SPARK OR BETTER YET, TO MAKE THAT SPARK FOR YOURSELF. REMEMBER THAT ALL OF US, HERE ON THE STAGE
AND ACROSS THE UNIVERSITY ARE HERE TO HELP YOU SUCCEED. IT’S OKAY TO HAVE QUESTIONS – WE’RE HERE
TO ANSWER THEM. IT’S NORMAL TO FEEL UNCERTAIN – WE’RE HERE
TO TALK IT THROUGH. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ASKING FOR HELP IS NOT
A SIGN OF WEAKNESS, IT IS A SIGN OF STRENGTH AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE HERE FOR. YOU’RE SURROUNDED BY PEOPLE WHO CAN SHARE
THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH YOU SO YOU CAN HAVE THE VERY BEST EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE. MOMS AND DADS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS, THANK
YOU FOR ALL YOU’VE DONE TO GET YOUR STUDENTS TO THIS POINT. WE ARE HONORED AND EXCITED TO BECOME PART
OF THEIR SUPPORT NETWORK, CHEERING THEM ON, BEING A SHOULDER TO LEAN ON. SO STUDENTS – LET’S TAKE ONE MORE DEEP BREATH
AS YOU GET READY FOR THIS ADVENTURE: THE HUSKY EXPERIENCE YOU CREATE AS PART OF THIS COMMUNITY
OF TALENTED, DRIVEN HUSKIES. WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON! [APPLAUSE] WHAT CAN YOU SAY? AND NOW, I’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU THE
MAN WHO OVERSEES ALL OF THE UNITS ON CAMPUS THAT WILL SERVE AS YOUR SUPPORT CREW ON THIS
EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY YOU ARE ABOUT TO BEGIN. AS THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT LIFE, HE
OVERSEES SUCH DIVERSE AREAS AS FOOD AND HOUSING, THE COUNSELING AND CAREER CENTERS, STUDENT
PUBLICATIONS, OUR RECREATIONAL SPORTS PROGRAMS, AND THE CENTER OF STUDENT LIFE AND STUDENT
GOVERNMENT, THE HUSKY UNION BUILDING � THE “HUB.” IT IS A HUGE RESPONSIBILITY AND WE ARE VERY
PRIVILEGED TO HAVE A UNIQUELY QUALIFIED LEADER IN THIS ROLE. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING OUR VICE PRESIDENT
FOR STUDENT LIFE, DR. DENZIL SUITE. [APPLAUSE]>>GOOD MORNING, HUSKIES! IT IS REALLY GREAT TO SEE YOU HERE TODAY BECAUSE
IT SIGNALS THE START OF A WONDERFUL YEAR AHEAD. I JUST WANTED TAKE A MOMENT AND ADD MY VOICE
OF WELCOME TO THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY HEARD AND THOSE WHO WILL CONTINUE TO HERE IN THE
DAYS AND WEEKS AHEAD. HOWEVER, I WILL START WITH SOMETHING PERHAPS
OTHERS WILL SAY TO YOU. AND THAT IS GOODBYE AND THANK YOU.THE REASON I’M STARTING WITH
GOODBYE, EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE UST ARRIVED, IS THAT THESE FEW YEARS AHEAD OF YOU WILL
GO BY FASTER THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE.AND WHAT YOU DO WITH THAT TIME WILL HAVE A PROFOUND
IMPACT ON THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. I SAY THANK YOU BECAUSE I AM CONFIDENT THAT
YOUR ENGAGEMENT WITH THIS UNIVERSITY WILL ENRICH ALL OF OUR LIVES. YOUR PRESENCE HERE IS NOT AN ACCIDENT. IT HAS MEANING AND PURPOSE. I BELIEVE THAT EACH OF YOU HAS BROUGHT SOMETHING
WITH YOU THAT WILL PROVE TO BE OF GREAT VALUE TO THIS COMMUNITY AS WE GO FORWARD ON THE
JOURNEY AHEAD.WE COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED TO BE WITH YOU TODAY AND LAUNCH YOU ON THIS
TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY. PERHAPS THE ONLY THING WE ARE NOT EXCITED
ABOUT IS SEEING OUR FACES 13 FEET TALL ON THESE SCREENS! WOW. OKAY. BE THAT AS IT MAY, AT THE ONSET, COLLEGE CAN SEEM LIKE A LONG
ROAD ON THE WAY TO A SINGULAR DESTINATION. BUT, LIKE ANY GOOD ROAD TRIP, WHAT YOU REALLY
ENJOY AND REMEMBER, WHAT REALLY DEFINES YOUR EXPERIENCE, IS WHAT HAPPENS ALONG THE WAY.
AND AS YOU BEGIN THIS JOURNEY, I’D LIKE YOU TO CONSIDER SOMETHING ONE OF MY FAVORITE SCIENCE
FICTION AUTHORS, ANNE McCAFFREY, WROTE IN ONE OF HER BOOKS. SHE SAID, “MAKE NO JUDGEMENTS WHERE YOU HAVE
NO COMPASSION.” I HAVE SPENT A LOT OF YEARS CONSIDERING THOSE
WORDS AND I HAVE CONCLUDED THAT THEY ARE WELL WORTH TAKING WITH YOU ON THE ODYSSEY YOU HAVE
BEGUN TODAY. MAKING NO JUDGEMENTS WHERE YOU HAVE NO COMPASSION
SAYS TO ME THAT YOU SHOULD FIRST SEEK TO UNDERSTAND THE POINT OF VIEW OF OTHERS, EVEN THOSE WITH
WHOM YOU STRONGLY DISAGREE. BE WILLING TO LISTEN AND SEE THE WORLD THROUGH
THE EYES OF YOUR FELLOW TRAVELERS. WEIN THE DIVISION OF STUDENT LIFE WE PARTNER
WITH THE OFFICE OF MINORITY AFFAIRS AND UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC AFFAIRS TO FOCUS ON THE WHOLE HUSKY. THROUGH MULTIPLE PROGRAMS WE SUPPORT YOUR
HEALTH AND WELL-BEING, WE BUILD SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITIES IN OUR RESIDENCE HALLS, AND WE
CULTIVATE MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO ENGAGE MORE FULLY IN THE HUSKY EXPERIENCE. WE EQUIP YOU WITH TOOLS TO BUILD A FULFILLING
CAREER AND HELP YOU LEARN FROM PEOPLE DIFFERENT FROM YOURSELVES. OUR MISSION IS TO CREATE A SUPPORTIVE EXPERIENCE
THAT WILL FOSTER YOUR ACADEMIC, PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS. NOW, THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT, YOUR ACADEMIC
PURSUITS NEED TO REMAIN YOUR TOP PRIORITY. BUT PLEASE HEAR ME WHEN I TELL YOU THAT YOUR
HUSKY EXPERIENCE WILL BE INCOMPLETE IF ALL YOU DO IS GO TO CLASS, GO HOME, AND STUDY
ALL NIGHT. WE KNOW FROM YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND RESEARCH
THAT STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATE IN GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES, WHO GET INVOLVED IN THEIR RESIDENCE
HALL ASSOCIATION, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EVENTS THAT TAKE PLACE ON CAMPUS, OR WHO HOLD OFFICER
POSITIONS IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT, THESE STUDENTS GRADUATE AT HIGHER RATES, THEY ARE MORE SATISFIED
WITH THEIR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE, THEY HAVE BETTER GRADES, AND THEY ARE LESS LIKELY TO DROP OUT. IN SHORT, YOUR EXPERIENCES OUTSIDE OF THE
CLASSROOM WILL DEFINE YOUR HUSKY EXPERIENCE EVERY BIT AS MUCH AS THOSE INSIDE THE CLASSROOM. THIS ROAD WILL BE WINDING, NO DOUBT. BUT ANY DETOURS OR UNANTICIPATED DEVELOPMENTS
WILL ALSO TEACH YOU ABOUT YOURSELF, WILL HELP YOU GROW, ADAPT, AND AT TIMES, CHART A NEW
AND EVEN BETTER COURSE. AND WHILE THIS IS YOUR JOURNEY, WE WILL BE
YOUR ROADMAP WHEN THE ROUTE IS UNCLEAR, A SUPPORTIVE REST STOP WHEN YOU NEED TO RECALIBRATE
OR RECHARGE, AND THAT LITTLE DASHBOARD BOBBLE HEAD WHEN YOU JUST NEED A FRIENDLY FACE. REMEMBER, IT’S OK TO ASK FOR DIRECTIONS ALONG
THE WAY. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING THIS JOURNEY WITH
YOU. AND NOW, I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO A PERSON WHO HAS BEEN MAKING THE MOST OF
HER HUSKY JOURNEY. SHE IS A COMMUNICATION MAJOR AND WILL BE STARTING
HER SENIOR YEAR AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING YOUR STUDENT BODY
PRESIDENT, KELTY PIERCE. [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU.GOOD MORNING NEW HUSKIES! MY NAME IS KELTY PIERCE, AND I AM HONORED
TO SERVE AS YOUR ASUW PRESIDENT.AND TODAY, I AM SO EXCITED TO WELCOME YOU INTO OUR HUSKY
COMMUNITY. GREW UP IN PUYALLUP, AM A SECOND GENERATION
HUSKY, AND A PROUD BIG SISTER OF A FIRST YEAR HUSKY. WHEN I CAME TO UW, I WAS TERRIFIED OF FINDING
A NEW COMMUNITY IN A NEW PLACE SURROUNDED BY SO MANY NEW PEOPLE. I GREW UP IN A TIGHT KNIT TOWN, AND THE KIDS
I GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL WITH WERE THE KIDS I STARTED KINDERGARTEN WITH. BUT I KNEW THAT I NEEDED TO FIND WHERE I BELONGED
IN THIS NEW ENVIRONMENT. I CAME INTO COLLEGE THINKING I KNEW EXACTLY
WHO I WOULD BE SPENDING MY TIME WITH AND WHAT I WOULD BE DOING. BUT AS YOU WILL LEARN, THINGS DON’T ALWAYS
GO AS PLANNED DURING THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. EMBRACE IT. EMBRACE THE CHALLENGES, EMBRACE THE CHANGES,
EMBRACE THE NEW ADVENTURES. IN MY FIRST YEAR, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO
SPEAK AT A CONFERENCE DURING WINTER QUARTER. AND JUST BY CHANCE, I WAS APPROACHED BY A
GROUP OF UW STUDENTS AFTER MY SPEECH WHO INVITED ME TO ATTEND THEIR CLUB MEETINGS. I WAS UNSURE AND A LITTLE NERVOUS, BUT I TOOK
A RISK, I SHOWED UP AT THEIR MEETING, AND BY THE END I KNEW I HAD JUST FOUND MY PEOPLE. THE PEOPLE I FOUND THROUGH THAT CLUB ARE NOW
MY CLOSEST FRIENDS. THEY ARE THE ONES THAT HAVE BECOME MY PERSONAL
UBER DRIVERS AFTER TEARING MY ACL ON AN AIRPLANE. (IT’S TRUE! BE CAREFUL PUTTING YOUR LUGGAGE IN THE OVERHEAD
COMPARTMENT.) BUT REALLY THESE ARE THE FRIENDS THAT HAVE MADE ME A BETTER FRIEND, LEADER, AND OVERALL WOMAN. I WOULD HAVE NEVER FOUND THIS COMMUNITY HAD
I NOT TAKEN THE LEAP, DID SOMETHING THAT SCARED ME AND SHOWED UP TO A NEW PLACE. IF THERE’S ANY ADVICE I COULD GIVE TO NEW
STUDENTS IT WOULD BE TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY THAT COMES YOUR WAY. DON’T BE AFRAID TO TAKE THE LEAP AND TALK
TO NEW PEOPLE. BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU WILL MEET,
THE OPPORTUNITIES YOU WILL FIND, OR EVEN WHERE YOU WILL FIND YOUR COMMUNITY. THERE ARE A LOT OF NEW STUDENTS ON THIS CAMPUS
WHO, JUST LIKE YOU, DON’T QUITE KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING, EITHER. TRUST THAT YOU ARE WHERE YOU ARE SUPPOSED
TO BE. TAKE THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT COME YOUR WAY. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THERE WILL BE TIMES
THAT YOU THINK YOU DO NOT BELONG, I HAVE BEEN THERE. AND I WILL TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT OVER COFFEE,
SO COME FIND ME, I BASICALLY LIVE IN THE HUB! BUT REMEMBER TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND TRUST
THAT YOU ARE HERE FOR A REASON. IT IS OKAY IF THE UNIVERSE ISN’T FALLING EXACTLY
IN LINE WITH YOUR PLAN. YOU ARE HERE NOW, A MEMBER OF THE UNIVERSITY
OF WASHINGTON COMMUNITY, WITH MORE STRANGE AND EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES AHEAD OF YOU THAN
YOU CAN IMAGINE. AND EVERYONE ON THIS STAGE & IN THIS ROOM
– INCLUDING MYSELF, THE ACCOMPLISHED PEOPLE BEHIND ME, THE LOVED ONES SURROUNDING YOU,
AND YOUR INCREDIBLE PEERS, WE ARE RIGHT HERE, CHEERING YOU ON. SO WELCOME, NEW HUSKIES, TO THE GREATEST COMMUNITY,
HERE AT THE GREATEST UNIVERSITY IN THE WORLD. THANK YOU AND GO DAWGS! [APPLAUSE] ONE OF THE THINGS WE WANT TO DO TODAY IS INTRODUCE
YOU, THE ENTERING CLASS, TO OUR FACULTY AND DEANS AND THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY. AT THE SAME TIME, WE ALSO WANT TO TELL THEM
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU. THERE IS LIKELY NO ONE MORE FAMILIAR WITH
THE INCOMING CLASS THAN OUR DEAN OF UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC AFFAIRS, DR. ED TAYLOR. DEAN TAYLOR IS A GRADUATE OF GONZAGA UNIVERSITY
AND RECEIVED HIS PH.D. FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON. HE HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE FACULTY IN THE
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION SINCE 1994. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING DEAN ED TAYLOR. [APPLAUSE]>>GOOD MORNING. THE LATE TONI MORRISON ONCE SAID THAT TRUE
ART SHOULD NOT JUST TOUCH US BUT SHOULD MOVE US. SHE MARKED THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN BEING TOUCHED
AND MOVED. WE ARE HERE TO BE MOVED. IF WE DO THIS WELL, YOUR LIVES WILL BE FOREVER
CHANGED. SOME TIME AGO I STARTED KEEPING A JOURNAL
TO KEEP TRACK OF WHAT WHICH IS MOVING TO TRACK THE MOMENTS THAT I FIND MOVING ON OUR CAMPUS
AND COMMUNITY. IF YOU WOULD NOT MIND, I WOULD LIKE TO READ
SOME EXPERTS. WEDNESDAY JUNE 19, 2019 MOST OF THE SUMMER,
PARENTS AND STUDENTS COME TO UW CAMPUS FOR ORIENTATION. WE WELCOME YOU HERE.ON THIS DAY, A BUS LOAD
OF FACULTY ARE TRAVELING THE STATE TO SEE, FROM THE GROUND, WHERE STUDENTS ARE FROM. TODAY WE ARRIVED IN SPOKANE FOR AN EVENING
WITH NEW STUDENTS AND PARENTS. A ROOM WITH A VIEW OF THE SPOKANE RIVER, A
ROOM FULL OF CHAIRS, SOME TABLES, SOME HORS D’OEUVRES AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW
ONE ANOTHER AND BREATHE. WE SIT RANDOMLY AT TABLES. FACULTY, STUDENTS, PARENTS.AT THE END OF THE
AFTERNOON A MOTHER INHALES, INHALES AGAIN, THEN AGAIN. SHE DOESN’T EXHALE. SHE CANNOT BREATHE. RANDOMLY SEATED NEXT TO HER, NOT ME, IS MEGAN
STREUR ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF NURSING. MEGAN DOES THE HEIMLICH MANEUVER. . . MOTHER IS BREATHING AGAIN. . . SO IS HER DAUGHTER. MEGAN IS BREATHING AGAIN. WE ARE ALL BREATHING. I KNEW THAT OUR FACULTY ARE HERE TO CHANGE
LIVES BUT IT IS QUITE POSSIBLE THAT A FACULTY MEMBER SAVED SOMEONE’S LIFE THIS NIGHT. MAYBE IT IS AS SIMPLE AS THAT WHEN WE HAVE
MOMENTS WHEN WE GET STUCK. WRAP OUR ARMS AROUND EACH OTHER AND TAKE A
BREATH. JULY 26, 2019 A MAN WHO APPEARS TO BE IN HIS
MID 40’S IS WALKING ACROSS RED SQUARE. I NOTICE HIM. NOT BECAUSE HE IS 40 BUT BECAUSE HE IS WEARING
SESAME STREET BACKPACK, (GREEN KERMIT IS PROMINENTLY FEATURED). AS IF THAT ISN’T ENOUGH, THE MAN IS CARRYING
A PINK PEPPA PIG LUNCH BAG. I COULDN’T HELP MYSELF, AND I APPROACHED HIM
AND I WALKED PAST HIM AND SAID, COOL BACK PACK. HE SAID, OH THIS, OH YEA, I’VE BEEN AWAY FOR
A WHILE. BEEN IN THE AIR FORCE AND WAS OVERSEAS AND
I’M BACK NOW. I CALLED MY DAUGHTER FROM OVERSEAS AND TOLD
HER THAT WHEN SHE BEGINS KINDERGARTEN THAT I WILL START SCHOOL AT UW. HE CALLED HER ONCE AND SAID BABY, WHEN I COME
HOME, WHEN DADDY COMES HOME WE WILL GO SHOPPING TOGETHER AND GO SCHOOL SHOPPING AND YOU GET
TO CHOOSE AS LONG AS YOU DON’T CHOOSE HAVE A. YOU WANT ME TO BE HONEST? I SAID, IT’S NOT THAT EASY BEING GREEN SO
I WOULDN’T HAVE CHOSEN KERMIT BUT MIGHT HAVE GONE WITH ELMO AND EXPLAINED WHY. WE TALKED ABOUT OUR FAVORITE CHILDREN’S MOVIES,
STORIES, BOOKS IN FRONT OF SUZZALLO LIBRARY, A LIBRARY ADORNED WITH THE LIKES OF SOCRATES,
DANTE, GALILEO AND WE ARE TOGETHER RECITING OUR FAVORITE SHOWS AND BOOKS. AS HE WAS READY TO GO, HE TOOK A LINE FROM
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE IS STILL A CLASSIC. HE SAID, “LET THE WILD RUMPUS START.” I HELD UP A PEACE SIGN AND SAID GO WELL. I THOUGHT OF HIM AS HE WALKED AWAY. I THOUGHT OF OUR VETERANS WHO HAVE RETURNED
TO GO TO SCHOOL. THOSE FOR WHOM THE JOURNEY HERE HAS NOT BEEN
EASY. . . JAMES RANDALL, I THOUGHT OF YOU MY FRIEND. THANK YOU FOR SERVING. I WISH YOU PEACE. SATURDAY, AUGUST 8TH. MY COLLEAGUES FROM THE AROUND THE UNIVERSITY
JOINED TOGETHER TO WELCOME INCOMING UW STUDENTS FROM SOUTH END HIGH SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY
COLLEGES. THERE WE MET WITH STUDENTS, FAMILIES, TEACHERS,
AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO CONGRATULATE THEM. WE WALKED INTO A ROOM WHERE I MET A MOTHER
AND A MOTHER APPROACHED ME WITH HER DAUGHTER. I SAID CONGRATULATIONS. NEARLY 50 THOUSAND STUDENTS APPLIED AND YOUR
DAUGHTER IS ONE OF THE STUDENTS THAT WERE SELECTED AMONG MANY TALENTED APPLICANTS. THE MOTHER REPLIED, I WISH I COULD TAKE CREDIT
BUT MY DAUGHTER TOLD ME THAT SHE WANTED TO GO TO COLLEGE AND THAT SHE WANTED TO COME
TO UW—SO I CALLED EVERY MEMBER OF OUR VILLAGE AND TOLD THEM “WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER” I
CALLED MY MOTHER, MY HAIRDRESSER, I CALLED HER AUNTIES, HER TEACHERS, HER PRINCIPAL,
WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER I CALLED THE CUSTODIAN, OUR MAILMAN, THE GROCERY CLERK, I TOLD HER
UNCLES-EVEN HER WHACKY UNCLE-THE ONE WHO WEARS PLAID PANTS AND BLACK SOCKS AT THE BEACH
WE NEED YOU-AND EVEN HE HELPED OUT. WHEN SHE GOT HER ACCEPTANCE LETTER, SHE SAID
I CALLED THEM ALL AGAIN AND TOLD THEM ALL AGAIN TO SAY THANKS AND LET THEM KNOW. I TOLD HER THAT HER DAUGHTER DIDN’T COME HERE
ALONE AND WON’T LEAVE HERE ALONE. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. SO, PARENTS AND LOVED ONES. THERE ARE 45,584 APPLICANTS. THERE ARE 8500 STUDENTS IN THE INCOMING CLASS. 7000 FRESHMEN, 1500 TRANSFERS, 1300 COMING
FROM WASHINGTON COMMUNITY COLLEGES. LAST YEAR THE GPA WAS 3.80. THIS YEAR’S CLASS, THE GPA WAS 3.81 MIND YOU
THAT IS NOT WHAT GOT YOU INTO THE UNIVERSITY, BY THE WAY. IN THIS CLASS THERE ARE 55 EMILYS, 45 EMMAS,
52 ANDREWS, 42 MATTHEWS, AND ONE OF YOUR CLASSMATES IS NAMED MARLEY AFTER THE LATE GREAT BOB MARLEY. YOUR PARENTS SAID, OUR DAUGHTER MARLEY WAS
NAMED AFTER THE LATE GREAT BOB MARLEY AND I ADMIRE HER EMPATHY AND PASSION FOR EQUITY
AND SOCIAL JUSTICE. THERE ARE NEARLY 4469 STUDENTS FROM THE STATE
OF WASHINGTON. 71 FROM NEWPORT. 86 FROM SKYLINE. 62 FROM FRANKLIN. 59 FROM GARFIELD. 50 FROM KENT MERIDIAN SENIOR, 72 FROM INTERLAKE,
55 FROM THOMAS JEFFERSON, SEVEN FROM SHELTON. 52 FROM KAMI ACT, 96 FROM ENGEL MORE, 59 FROM
KENT RIDGE, 123 STUDENTS FROM SPOKANE HIGH SCHOOL, 60 FROM CLEVELAND, 11 FROM MOSES LAKE,
24 FROM HOME SCHOOLS. THIS YEAR WERE 16 STUDENTS WHO LEFT HOME TO
FOLLOW THE GOLDEN PURPLE WE HOLD A SPECIAL RECOGNITION. THEY WERE ONLY RIVALED BY 110 STUDENTS WADDLED
ACROSS THE OREGON BORDER, AND YOUR HUSKIES. YOU ARE FROM SEATTLE CENTRAL COLLEGE, BELLEVUE
COLLEGE, GREEN RIVER COLLEGE, SHORELINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SPOKANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AND 725
BOOGIE BOARDED FROM CALIFORNIA. CALIFORNIA IS SHOWING UP TONIGHT. YOU ARE FROM NEW YORK, 41 FROM COLORADO, PENNSYLVANIA,
ILLINOIS, THE SUNSHINE STATE OF FLORIDA. YOU ARE FROM CHINA, TAIWAN, INDIA. ONE EACH FROM ZAMBIA, CAMEROON, AND ETHIOPIA. YOU ARE FROM INDONESIA, THAILAND, 38 STUDENTS
FROM CANADA, 13 FROM VIETNAM, YOU ARE FROM SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA, ONE EACH FROM BRAZIL,
COLOMBIA, ECUADOR, AND PERU. EIGHT OF YOU ARE FROM SAUDI ARABIA AND 11
FROM JAPAN. MANY OF YOU ARE THE FIRST AND YOUR FAMILY
TO GO TO COLLEGE. [APPLAUSE] YOU WILL BE CHALLENGED AND YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL. WE ASKED YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO SAY SOMETHING
ABOUT YOU AND THIS IS WHAT THEY SAID. YOU ARE KIND AND COMPASSIONATE YOU ARE GENEROUS
YOU ARE HARDWORKING, DETERMINED AND PERSISTENT. YOU ARE CURIOUS AND PASSIONATE ABOUT LEARNING. YOU ARE PROBLEM SOLVERS YOU ARE ADVENTUROUS
SOME OF YOU ARE QUIET, UT FUN SOME OF YOU ARE COMPETITIVE, BUT RESERVED. YOU ARE ARTISTS – YOU DANCE, YOU DRAW, YOU
MAKE MUSIC. YOU HAVE A SENSE OF JUSTICE. NOW, TO ALL THE PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, BEST
FRIENDS, PARTNERS AND TEACHERS HERE TODAY I ALSO ASKED THESE STUDENTS ABOUT YOU.
AND THIS IS HAT THEY SAID ABOUT YOU. THEY SAID, YOU NEVER GAVE UP ON THEM. YOU WERE ALWAYS THERE WHEN THEY NEEDED YOU. YOU TAUGHT THEM ABOUT CHARACTER – HONESTY,
EARNESTNESS, KINDNESS, A WORK ETHIC. YOU WERE STRONG AND STRONG MINDED. YOU SACRIFICED. . . YOU WERE RESILIENT AND COURAGEOUS. YOU WERE LOVING. ALL OF YOU TOGETHER ARE COURAGEOUS, STRONG,
LOVING AND BRAVE. FRIENDS AND FAMILY, I’D LIKE YOU ALL TO PLEASE
STAND. . . . PLEASE PAY ATTENTION. NOW HOLD HANDS AND CONNECT. GO AHEAD AND REACH ACROSS THAT AISLE. I WANT THE AUDIENCE TO TAKE A LOOK. CONNECT ACROSS. I WANT YOU TO THINK FOR A MOMENT, TAKE A DEEP
BREATH AND THINK FOR A MOMENT. THINK ABOUT WHERE YOU ARE FROM AND HOW YOU
GOT HERE. THINK ABOUT WHERE YOU ARE GOING FROM HERE. AND TOGETHER ON A WHISPER, LET’S WHISPER——GO
HUSKIES. LAST TIME WITH GUSTO ON THREE. TAKE A DEEP BREATH. AS LOUD AS YOU CAN, GO HUSKIES! [APPLAUSE] HE MADE ME LOSE MY PLACE. HANG ON A SECOND. WELL, WE’VE LEARNED A GOOD DEAL ABOUT YOU,
OUR INCOMING CLASS, AND NOW WE’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO SOME OF THE FACULTY MEMBERS WHO WILL
BE YOUR TEACHERS AND MENTORS FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. THEY ARE EXPERTS IN NEARLY EVERY IMAGINABLE
FIELD AND EVERY DAY THEY ARE ENGAGED IN RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP THAT IS IMPACTING OUR WORLD
IN PROFOUND WAYS. THE PERSON WHO LEADS OUR FACULTY IS OUR PROVOST,
MARK RICHARDS. AS PROVOST, DR. RICHARDS IS THE UNIVERSITY’S CHIEF ACADEMIC
AND BUDGET OFFICER AND THE PERSON WHO WORKS MOST CLOSELY WITH THE DEANS AND THE FACULTY
TO SHAPE YOUR ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE. DR. RICHARDS IS ALSO A PROFESSOR OF EARTH AND
SPACE SCIENCES IN THE COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING OUR PROVOST, MARK
RICHARDS. [APPLAUSE]>>HELLO, I AM THE PERSON WITH THE UNENVIABLE
TASK OF HAVING TO SPEAK AFTER ED TAYLOR. ALWAYS BRILLIANT. ON BEHALF OF THE FACULTY OF THE UNIVERSITY
OF WASHINGTON, I WELCOME YOU. IT IS MY ROLE AT THIS EVENT TO INTRODUCE YOU
TO OUR FACULTY, SO I THOUGHT I’D BORROW A PAGE FROM DEAN TAYLOR’S PLAYBOOK. I DECIDED TO DO A LITTLE RESEARCH OF MY OWN
AND GATHER A FEW FACTS ABOUT OUR FACULTY. FIRST – OUR FACULTY MEMBERS’ NAMES. WE HAVE MORE THAN 350 FACULTY MEMBERS NAMED
MICHAEL, 333 DAVIDS, 132 JENNIFERS, 130 ELIZABETHS AND, CURIOUSLY, A SEEMINGLY ENDLESS VARIETY
OF CHRISTINES. OH, AND BY THE WAY, WE ALSO HAVE FOUR EDS.
AND JUST ONE ANA MARI, WHO IS NOT ONLY OUR PRESIDENT,
BUT ALSO A PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY AND AMERICAN ETHNIC STUDIES. YOU WILL ALSO FIND AMONG OUR FACULTY, 15 MacARTHUR
GENIUS AWARD FELLOWS, 175 MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES, ENGINEERING & MEDICINE,
94 MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, AND 181 FELLOWS IN THE AMERICAN
ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE. THE UNIVERSITY HAS ALSO BEEN HOME TO 7 NOBEL
PRIZE WINNERS. [APPLAUSE] LIKE YOU, THEY COME FROM NEARLY EVERY STATE
IN THE UNITED STATES AND DOZENS OF COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT EUROPE, ASIA, AFRICA, SOUTH AMERICA
AND AUSTRALIA. THEY RECEIVED THEIR ADVANCED DEGREES FROM
HARVARD, MIT, STANFORD, CAL TECH, PRINCETON, OXFORD, CAMBRIDGE, AND MAJOR UNIVERSITIES
ACROSS THE NATION AND AROUND THE WORLD. THEY REPRESENT WHAT IS TRULY A “UNITED NATIONS”
OF HIGHER EDUCATION. OUR FACULTY ALSO WORK ALL OVER THE WORLD. I’M THE PROVOST, BUT I’M ALSO A PROFESSOR
OF EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCES, AND I STUDY VOLCANIC ROCKS IN INDIA. AND HOW THEY MAY BE RELATED TO THE EXTINCTION
OF THE DINOSAURS. THAT IS MORE FUN THAN BEING PROVOST.OTHER
PROFESSORS RESEARCH PENGUINS IN ARGENTINA, USE DNA AND FORENSIC SCIENCE TO SAVE ELEPHANTS
IN AFRICA, AND ADVOCATE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN GUATEMALA. STILL OTHERS EXAMINE HOW PEOPLE USE SOCIAL
MEDIA IN THE WAKE OF NATURAL DISASTERS, AND EXPLORE 3-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING WITH CLAY. THIS WORLD TRAVEL EXTENDS TO OUR STUDENTS,
AS THOUSANDS OF THEM STUDY, RESEARCH AND VOLUNTEER ABROAD EACH YEAR. YOU MAY SPEND A QUARTER STUDYING WITH A UW
FACULTY MEMBER IN THAILAND, TRAVELING TO THE MIDDLE EAST, OR RESEARCHING ART, CULTURE OR
SOCIOLOGY AT THE UW’S CENTERS IN ROME, ITALY, OR LEON, SPAIN. THE UNIVERSITY’S GLOBAL REACH IS PERHAPS ONE
REASON THAT IT WAS NAMED LAST YEAR AS THE NUMBER ONE MOST INNOVATIVE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY
IN THE WORLD AND NUMBER 5 AMONG ALL UNIVERSITIES. [APPLAUSE] THOSE RANKINGS HAVE EVERYTHING TO DO WITH
OUR FACULTY – AND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH YOU. AS STUDENTS YOU WILL GET A WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION
FROM A WORLD-CLASS FACULTY. LET ME GIVE YOU FEW EXAMPLES. “DR. ELIZABETH NANCE IS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING AND FACULTY MEMBER WITH THE CENTER ON HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND DISABILITY
AND THE MOLECULAR & ENGINEERING SCIENCES INSTITUTE. SHE RECENTLY RECEIVED THE PRESIDENTIAL EARLY
CAREER AWARD FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS. THE SCIENTISTS IN HER LAB ARE DEVELOPING NANOTECHNOLOGY-BASED
THERAPEUTICS TO TREAT DISEASE AND INJURIES TO THE BRAIN; AND LAST TIME I CHECKED, 12
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS WERE WORKING WITH HER IN THE LAB. RECENTLY A TEAM OF EIGHT UNDERGRADUATES IN
THE JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES WORKED WITH DR. JESSICA BEYER ON A RESEARCH PROJECT ON INTERNATIONAL
CYBERSECURITY POLICY THAT WAS FUNDED BY MICROSOFT. NINE STUDENTS IN THE LAW SOCIETIES AND JUSTICE
PROGRAM WORKED WITH PROFESSOR STEVE HERBERT ON A PROJECT OBSERVING PROCESSES OF JUVENILE
PAROLE IN WASHINGTON STATE. YOU WILL FIND SCIENTISTS AND SCHOLARS LIKE
THESE ACROSS THIS CAMPUS, INVOLVING UNDERGRADUATES IN GROUND-BREAKING RESEARCH THAT SIGNIFICANTLY
IMPACTS OUR WORLD. AS FACULTY, OUR BIGGEST MOTIVATION FOR BEING
AT THE UW IS THAT WE LOVE TO WORK WITH STUDENTS. YOU INSPIRE US, AND WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU
EXPLORE NEW WORLDS OF KNOWLEDGE AND INTELLECTUAL ADVENTURE. EVEN AS A FIRST-YEAR STUDENT, YOU CAN BE INVOLVED
IN THE UNIVERSITY’S MISSION OF RESEARCH, TEACHING AND PUBLIC SERVICE. YOUR EDUCATION IS INTERACTIVE. SO DON’T WAIT. JUMP IN. TO DO THIS, GO TO CLASS. GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSORS. THEY REALLY WANT TO GET TO KNOW YOU TOO. VISIT DURING THEIR OFFICE HOURS. DON’T BE SHY. ASK THEM ABOUT THEIR RESEARCH, THEIR WRITING,
THEIR TEACHING. ASK THEIR ADVICE. I WANT A SHOW OF HANDS OF HOW MANY WILL KNOCK
ON YOUR PROFESSORS DOOR AND ASK THEM ABOUT THEIR RESEARCH. COME ON, I’M WAITING. MOM AND DAD, PARENTS, WHEN THEY GO HOME AND
SAY I’M NOT TAKING QUITE AS MANY COURSES THIS TERM BECAUSE AM GOING TO WORK WITH THE PROFESSOR
ON X TOPIC, DON’T SAY WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? SAY, THAT SOUNDS GREAT. YOUR PROFESSORS WILL HELP YOU MAKE THE MOST
OF YOUR TIME AS A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON. YOU ARE THE REASON WE ARE HERE. TODAY I’M INTRODUCING A FAVORITE TEACHER. HE TEACHES CLASSES ON COMMUNICATION, PUBLIC
SPEAKING, ARGUMENTATION, POLITICAL HUMOR,AND THE HISTORY OF RHETORIC AND IS THE DIRECTOR
OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SPEAKING CENTER, WHICH HE FOUNDED.THROUGH HIS ONLINE PUBLIC
SPEAKING COURSES, HE HAS TAUGHT MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE IN 170 COUNTRIES HOW TO BECOME
CONFIDENT COMMUNICATORS. AND HE IS FREQUENTLY INVITED TO GIVE TALKS
AND WORKSHOPS AT UNIVERSITIES AND BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND INTERNATIONALLY. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING DR. MATT McGARRITY. [APPLAUSE]>>I’M SO HONORED TO BE HERE. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS EVENT. CONVOCATION AND COMMENCEMENT, THE BOOK ENDS. THE COMMENCEMENT SPEECH, THAT’S THE ONE AT
GRADUATION IN FOUR YEARS. OR FIVE YEARS, MAYBE. FOUR. LET’S SAY FOUR. WE’LL GO WITH THAT. THE CONVOCATION SPEECH STARTS IT ALL OFF. IN LATIN, A CONVOCATION IS A CALLING TOGETHER. WE CALL THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER AT IMPORTANT
MOMENTS. SIGNIFICANT TRANSITIONS. LIFE EVENTS. AND THIS IS ONE. PARENTS. FRIENDS. FAMILY MEMBERS. YOU KNOW THIS. YOU FEEL THIS. THIS IS A BIG MOMENT IN A LONG LIST OF BIG
MOMENTS. RIGHT NOW YOU MIGHT BE REMEMBERING HOW YOU
ROCKED THAT STUDENT TO SLEEP AS A BABY. THAT FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN. THE FIRST TIME THEY HURT THEMSELVES. MAYBE YOU HAD TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. I WILL GOING TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM WITH MY
DAUGHTER AND SHE HAD A FEVER THAT WOULD NOT DROP. SHE WAS FINE, SHE DID NOT BREAK.ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL GRADUATION. I TEARED UP THEN. MY SON’S FIFTH GRADE GRADUATION. WAS IT A SMALL THING? YES. WERE THERE THOUSANDS OF GRADUATIONS LIKE IT? YES. DID IT IMPACT ME? YOU BET IT DID. I WAS SEEING MY SON BECOME THE PERSON HE WILL
BE. AND NOW COLLEGE. THIS IS A BIG MOMENT. THIS IS A BIG MOMENT.LATER TODAY, AFTER YEARS
OF WALKING WITH THEM SIDE BY SIDE, YOU WILL HUG YOUR STUDENT, AND YOUR PATHS WILL DIVERGE. LATER TODAY, AFTER YEARS OF WALKING SIDE-BY-SIDE
YOU WILL HUG THEM AND HOLD ONTO THEM. THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE THEM, THEY WILL BE DIFFERENT
PEOPLE. THEY WILL HAVE GROWN. THIS IS A BIG MOMENT. EMOTIONAL STUFF THERE. SILVER SPOON. WATCH OUT, LITTLE BOY. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT STARTING ON WEDNESDAY.THAT’S
THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS. I’M SURE RIGHT NOW YOU ARE THRILLED AND NERVOUS. THAT’S GREAT. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT TWO THINGS TO KEEP IN
MIND: IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE DEEP WORK OF BEING A STUDENT AND SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITIES
HERE AT UW TO APPLY YOUR NEW KNOWLEDGE. PLEASE USE YOUR TIME AT UW TO IMMERSE YOURSELF
IN YOUR STUDIES. THIS ALLOWS YOU TO DO WHAT THE PROFESSOR CALLS
DEEP WORK. COLLEGE
TRAINS AND REWARDS DEEP WORK, BUT IT’S TOUGH. WE HAVE SO MANY BLINKING, BEEPING, BARKING
DISTRACTIONS THAT TUG AT OUR TIME AND ATTENTION. YOU ALREADY KNOW THIS. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT HUMANS ARE TERRIBLE MULTITASKERS,
DESPITE WHAT WE MIGHT SAY. TAKING NOTES. PLAYING CANDY CRUSH. READING FOR CLASS. CHECKING SOCIAL MEDIA. EVERY TIME WE BOUNCE FROM TASK TO TASK TO
TASK, IT COSTS TIME AND ATTENTION. SET IT ASIDE AND FOCUS. STUDIES INDICATE THAT, FOR THE VAST MAJORITY
OF US, IT’S BETTER TO TAKE NOTES BY HAND RATHER THAN ON YOUR LAPTOP. SLOWER, BUT BETTER. DOING DEEP WORK IS TOUGH. BUT IF YOU CARVE OUT CHUNKS OF TIME. IF YOU PROTECT THEM JEALOUSLY. IF YOU USE THEM FRUITFULLY. YOU WILL LEARN MORE. YOU WILL DO BETTER. YOU WILL BE A SCHOLAR. THAT’S THE THING. DOING DEEP WORK PUTS YOU FACE TO FACE WITH
BIG QUESTIONS. AS AN UNDERGRADUATE AT MOREHOUSE COLLEGE,
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WROTE, “THE COMPLETE EDUCATION GIVES ONE NOT
ONLY POWER OF CONCENTRATION, BUT WORTHY OBJECTIVES UPON WHICH TO CONCENTRATE.” THE MORE YOU STUDY IDEAS AND CULTURES THAT
SEEM SO FAR AWAY, THE MORE YOU COME BACK TO QUESTIONS ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT IS JUST? WHAT’S MY RESPONSIBILITY TO MY COMMUNITY? WHAT’S MY DEFINITION OF THE GOOD LIFE? LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. LAST YEAR, I WAS TALKING WITH A STUDENT ABOUT
AN INTERNSHIP SHE HAD. WHEN SHE BEGAN COLLEGE, SHE KNEW, JUST KNEW,
THAT SHE WANTED TO GO INTO PUBLIC RELATIONS. SHE LANDED A GREAT PR INTERNSHIP AT A GOOD
FIRM. SHE WORKED HARD, SPENDING DAYS AND NIGHTS
DOING THE INTERNSHIP, LEARNING THE FIELD. AFTER THINKING DEEPLY ON THAT EXPERIENCE,
SHE REALIZED THAT PR WASN’T THE RIGHT CAREER FOR HER. MMM. SURPRISE. YIKES. THE INTERNSHIP WASN’T BAD; SHE HAD LEARNED
A LOT ABOUT PR, BUT SHE HAD ALSO LEARNED A LOT ABOUT HERSELF. THIS WASN’T THE RIGHT FIT FOR HER INTERESTS
AND SKILLS. SHE HANGED DIRECTION TO WORK IN THE NON-PROFIT
SECTOR. SHE’S MUCH HAPPIER. HER DISCIPLINE GAVE FOCUS; HER FOCUS GAVE
INSIGHT; HER INSIGHT CHANGED HER LIFE. THAT SORT OF MASSIVE LIFE CHANGE TAKES COURAGE. YOU HAVE TO HAVE COURAGE TO SEE IF THE PERSON
YOU ARE BECOMING IS THE PERSON YOU THOUGHT YOU’D BECOME. THIS BRINGS ME TO MY SECOND POINT. I URGE YOU TO SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITIES HERE
AT UW TO APPLY THE FRUITS OF THAT DEEP WORK. YOU MUST TEMPER YOUR NEW IDEAS WITH EXPERIENCE. I TEACH A LARGE PUBLIC SPEAKING CLASS. I’LL SEE QUITE A FEW OF YOU ON WEDNESDAY. THE FINAL ASSIGNMENT IN THIS CLASS IS TO PERFORM
A SPEECH OUT ON RED SQUARE IN FRONT OF A PUBLIC AUDIENCE. BIG, BIG EVENT. YOU DON’T KNOW WHO IS IN THE AUDIENCE. YOUR REACTION IS LIKE MOST STUDENTS’ REACTION
ON DAY ONE. I’M NOT DOING THAT.UW IS THE ONLY PLACE THAT
I KNOW OF THAT CALLS FOR THIS TYPE OF SPEECH ASSIGNMENT. WHY DO WE DO WE GO OUT ON RED SQUARE, ONE,
IT? BECAUSE WE CAN. WE’RE IN SEATTLE. EVEN IN DECEMBER, IT’S FINE OUT THERE. A LITTLE RAIN. AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, SOMEONE MIGHT
DIE OF EXPOSURE. CAN’T DO THAT. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT REASON TO GO OUT ON
RED SQUARE IS BECAUSE THAT EXPERIENCE DEMANDS ADAPTATION. SPEAKERS HAVE TO KNOW THEIR STUFF SO WELL
THAT THEY CAN RESPOND DYNAMICALLY. THEY HAVE TO BE BIGGER, LOUDER, MORE ENGAGING. IN FIFTEEN YEARS OF RUNNING THAT ASSIGNMENT
EVERY QUARTER, I’VE NEVER HAD A SINGLE STUDENT CRASH AND BURN. NEVER A SINGLE STUDENT WHO COULDN’T DO IT. THAT’S THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS WHO OVERCAME
THEIR FEARS BECAUSE THEY APPLIED THEIR LEARNING. LEARNING IMPROVES YOUR ACTION. ACTION REFINES YOUR LEARNING. ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO REFINE YOUR LEARNING
S THROUGH INDEPENDENT RESEARCH. THAT’S WHAT UNIVERSITIES DO. EVERY YEAR, OVER ONE THOUSAND UNDERGRADUATES
PARTNER WITH FACULTY MENTORS TO DESIGN AND EXECUTE MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECTS. THERE’S A BIG EVENT OVER IN MARY GATES HALL
IN THE SPRING WHERE THEY SHOWCASE THIS RESEARCH. I GO EVERY YEAR. HERE ARE JUST SOME OF THE PROJECTS I SAW. I SAW MICROBIOLOGY MAJORS UNCOVERING RELATIONSHIPS
BETWEEN AIR POLLUTION AND MENTAL HEALTH IN MAJOR CITIES. SPEECH AND HEARING STUDENTS WORKING ON MEASUREMENTS
FOR DETECTING EARLY HEARING LOSS. PROJECTS IN ENGINEERING, CHEMISTRY, ENGLISH,
PSYCHOLOGY, ASTRONOMY. ALL OF THEM, JUNIORS AND SENIORS. ALL OF THEM, DOING CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH. ALL OF THEM, SEPARATED BY MAYBE TWO YEARS
FROM WHERE YOU SIT NOW. THAT IS THE INTELLECTUAL ENVIRONMENT INTO
WHICH YOU STEP. I WOULD ARGUE THAT THIS ENVIRONMENT IS SO
MUCH BIGGER THAN JOB PREPARATION. YOUR TIME AT UW SHOULD ABSOLUTELY HELP YOUR
CAREER, BUT I THINK YOU NEED TO TAKE A LONG VIEW HERE. ESTIMATES ARE THAT YOU, AS A MEMBER OF YOUR
GENERATION, MIGHT HAVE 10-15 DIFFERENT JOBS IN YOUR LIFETIME, POTENTIALLY CHANGING ENTIRE
CAREERS. YOU CANNOT SPEND TWO OR FOUR YEARS AT UW SIMPLY
PREPARING FOR YOUR FIRST JOB OUT OF COLLEGE. NO. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHAT UNIVERSITIES DO BEST;
THEY HELP STUDENTS THINK. THINK MORE CRITICALLY, MORE PRODUCTIVELY,
MORE CREATIVELY. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT SUCH AN EDUCATION IN
THINKING RESULTS IN GOOD JOBS. RECENTLY, A GROUP OF HARVARD AND MIT ECONOMISTS
AND RESEARCHERS LOOKED AT THE CHANGING NATURE OF WORK SINCE THE 1960S. THEY IDENTIFIED TWO KEY TASKS FOR THE MODERN
WORKFORCE. WORKING WITH NEW INFORMATION AND SOLVING UNSTRUCTURED
PROBLEMS. THAT’S A COLLEGE EDUCATION. I SEE THIS DAILY. I RUN A SPEAKING CENTER. IT’S A PLACE WHERE ANYONE CAN COME IN AND
GET HELP ON A SPEECH. ALL THE CONSULTANTS ARE UW STUDENTS. THEY RUN HUNDREDS OF ONE-ON-ONE COACHING SESSIONS
FOR UNDERGRADUATES, GRADUATES, WORKING PROFESSIONALS. ANYONE. THEY SEE TONS OF SPEECHES. COACHING MAKES THE CONSULTANTS BETTER SPEAKERS,
EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE NOT THE ONES DOING THE SPEECHES. WHY? A GOOD SPEAKER KNOWS WHAT KINDS OF MISTAKES
THEY MAKE, AND THEY FIGURE OUT A FEW TRICKS TO SAVE THEMSELVES. A CONSULTANT SEES LOTS OF NEW MISTAKES. ONES THEY NEVER IMAGINED COULD BE MADE! THAT WAS AMAZING. I HAVE NEVER SEEN THAT. THEY NEED TO SOLVE PROBLEMS THAT THEY DIDN’T
CREATE. THAT STRETCHES THEIR ABILITIES. THE GOAL OF WORKING IN THE SPEAKING CENTER
ISN’T TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL SPEECHWRITER; IT’S TO USE THE EXPERIENCE OF COACHING TO
BETTER UNDERSTAND SPEECHES. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? LOTS OF THOSE FORMER TUTORS NOW WORK AS SPEECHWRITERS
AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS. WHY? BECAUSE BY THE TIME THEY LEAVE HERE, THEY’VE
ALREADY COACHED 200 SPEAKERS, SOLVED 2,000 PROBLEMS. THEY WORK IN GOVERNMENT AND NONPROFITS. THEY WRITE FOR DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. THOSE GOOD JOBS ARE THE BYPRODUCT, NOT THE
GOAL, OF AN EXCELLENT EDUCATION. THAT’S A LOT TO THINK ABOUT AS YOU HEAD INTO
CLASSES ON WEDNESDAY. IT’S FINE TO BE NERVOUS NOW. IT’S EXPECTED. PULITZER PRIZE WINNER, DAVID HORSEY, WAS NERVOUS
ABOUT HIS FIRST DAY OF CLASS. JUST LIKE YOU. GOVERNOR AND SENATOR DAN EVANS. SEATTLE MAYOR NORM RICE SAT WHERE YOU ARE. THEY WEREN’T SUCCESSES YET. THEY WERE THINKING ABOUT WHAT UW AS GOING
TO BE FOR THEM. THEY WERE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT MAKE IT FROM
A CLASS IN KANE TO ONE IN FISHERIES IN TEN MINUTES. TURNS OUT, THE ANSWER IS: YOU CANNOT. SORRY. I THINK THE FISHERIES BUILDING TECHNICALLY
QUALIFIES AS THE TACOMA CAMPUS. NEAT. THE THOUSANDS OF UW ALUMNI WHO HAVE GONE ON
TO FOUND COMPANIES, FLY INTO SPACE, HELP THE NEEDY, ACHIEVE FAME. ALL OF THEM, ALL OF THEM WERE SITTING WHERE
YOU ARE RIGHT NOW. NERVOUS. ANXIOUS. BUT AS INSURMOUNTABLE AS THE CHALLENGES FEEL,
KNOW THIS: YOU CAN DO THIS. YOU WORKED HARD TO GET HERE. YOU SHOULD BE PROUD.AND WHEN YOU LEAVE HERE,
YOU WILL BE STRONGER, SMARTER, MORE RESILIENT, RICHER IN MIND AND IN SPIRIT. IT’S MAGNIFICENT. THANK YOU FOR PERMITTING ME AND MY FELLOW
FACULTY MEMBERS TO WITNESS YOUR UW EXPERIENCE. WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON. [APPLAUSE]>>THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON GLEE CLUB,
UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MARK PETTY, WILL NOW TEACH US THE SCHOOL SONG,’RISE UP WITH PRIDE
FOR WASHINGTON.’ THEY WILL FIRST SING THE SONG ACAPELLA AND
THEN WE WILL ALL SING THE SONG WITH THE UNIVERSITY WIND ENSEMBLE. THE LYRICS TO THE SONG ARE PRINTED ON THE
LAST PAGE OF YOUR PROGRAM. PLEASE RISE. [MUSIC] [APPLAUSE] YOU READY? I SAID, ARE YOU READY? LET’S GO. WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO THE ACADEMIC YEAR. BEGINON BEHALF OF THE ENTIRE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY
I’D LIKE TO THANK OUR HONORED GUESTS AND ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE MADE THIS DAY SO SPECIAL. THE AUDIENCE IS REQUESTED TO REMAIN SEATED
UNTIL THE COMPLETION OF THE RECESSION BY THE PLATFORM PARTY. THE 2019 NEW STUDENT CONVOCATION OF THE UNIVERSITY
OF WASHINGTON IS NOW CLOSED. [MUSIC]

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